RadioShack-Leopard confirm Fränk Schleck won't rejoin team when ban expires next week

News comes less than six-months before US bike maker Trek takes over team's WorldTour licence

by Simon_MacMichael   July 4, 2013  

Giro 2012 S11 Frank Schleck signs on (Gian Mattia D'Alberto - LaPresse - RCS Sport)

RadioShack-Leopard have confirmed that Fränk Schleck will not be rejoining the team when his ban expires a week on Sunday - in effect, sacking him. The 33-year-old, third overeall in the 2011 Tour de France, tested positive for the diuretic xipamide during last year's race, with the positive test being announced on the second rest day in Pau and in January was handed a partially backdated, 12-month ban.

In a statement, the team said:

With the end of Fränk Schleck's suspension approaching, Leopard and its partners have assessed the situation in view of a possible renewal of the collaboration with Fränk Schleck. Having finalized this assessment in a broad and objective way, Leopard has decided to not renew the collaboration between Fränk Schleck and the RADIOSHACK LEOPARD TREK cycling team.

Leopard wishes Fränk Schleck a successful continuation of his career.

News that the senior Schleck sibling won't be returning to the team whose line-up at the Tour de France includes his brother Andy, himself looking to put a difficult 12 months behind him since fracturing his sacrum in the 2012 Criterium du Dauphine, is perhaps unsurprising.

Earlier this week, it was confirmed that bicycle manufacturer Trek will be taking over the licence from Leopard SA at the end of the season.

 

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Hmm, I had hardly notices Andy was in the tour. I would be surprised if he does more than rise a bit in the GC when the mountains come. He is a big boy now and should not need Frank. If he is to make a substantial comeback it has to be on his own efforts.

As for Frank, well I don't know anything about Xipamide, so I guess he can continue doing his job not troubling any of the big titles so I don't have to think about all the ambiguity and convoluted wikipedia results entries.

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posted by bikeboy76 [1182 posts]
4th July 2013 - 18:42

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"My stomach is full of anger, and I want to take my revenge,” Andy said. Since Frank is Andy's crutch, maybe this is how RST get Andy fired up.

Shut up legs, you don't get a vote.

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posted by ridein [47 posts]
4th July 2013 - 19:10

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So that's Frank done for then, because of the MPCC?? Any team signed up to that, can't sign Frank, is that right?

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posted by Gkam84 [8682 posts]
5th July 2013 - 4:36

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There's always Katusha or Astana. Devil

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posted by ragtag [154 posts]
5th July 2013 - 8:51

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Expect Andy to abandon the Tour in the next few days...

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1219 posts]
5th July 2013 - 10:24

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Leopard wishes Fränk Schleck a successful continuation of his career.

They are joking, right? That's pretty cruel.

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posted by PJ McNally [580 posts]
5th July 2013 - 10:31

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Gkam84 wrote:
So that's Frank done for then, because of the MPCC?? Any team signed up to that, can't sign Frank, is that right?

The MPCC rule is:

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■Teams won’t sign a rider caught in a doping ban for longer than six months (except for Whereabouts mistakes) for two years following their eligible return

So technically he may come back (possibly on a lower ranked team) or one not signed up with MPCC but I agree, if teams stick to this then his career is almost over.

Wouldn't put it past Astana to sign him up immediately though.

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5th July 2013 - 11:03

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He could always go all repentant on us and then head over to Garmin, however he strikes me as the greasy, slippery fucker who'll never repent

posted by georgee [137 posts]
5th July 2013 - 11:57

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Frank Schleck looks like Jamie Murray methinks. Both not quite as good as younger siblings.

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6th July 2013 - 12:50

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